And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. Matthew 9:27-31 ESV
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 4:4-6 ESV
People who have never been able to see are not helpless or unable to understand the world around them. They use their other senses to figure out what is in their environment. For example, a blind person is able to understand a table by touching it. He or she can understand the three dimensions of a table as well as its texture. Many blind people are also able to use their sense of hearing to explore new environments safely. Some of them have even developed the ability to go mountain biking or to play basketball! They use what is called echolocation, which means that they are able to understand the echoes that bounce back to them from clicks that they make with their tongues. It is amazing the way people who can’t see are able to find ways to live well in the world.
Jesus met two men who were blind, but in the ways that are most important they were not blind at all. They understood who Jesus was and called him the Son of David, which means that they believed he was the promised Savior and the Messiah. They also had faith that Jesus could help them and heal them from their blindness. They cried out to Jesus to ask for his mercy, and he healed them. Then they were able to see and to understand the world in the same way that other people did. It was an amazing miracle!
Whether we are able to see with our eyes or not, we were all born blind in the most important way. We were born sinners, and unable to see or understand God and his ways. We were helpless to fix our problem by ourselves, and we needed God’s mercy. God had mercy on us and sent Jesus to die on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. He sends us his Holy Spirit to give us the gift of faith so that we trust in Jesus for forgiveness and for life. The Holy Spirit gives us strength to understand and to follow God’s ways through our lives.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to save us and for your Holy Spirit to open our eyes to what he’s done for us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.